This website is dedicated to the problems of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) management in the Russian Federation. PCBs are a group of persistent organic pollutants and are highly toxic substances that accumulate and negatively affect the environment and human health.

PCBs are found everywhere: in the oil-filled electrical equipment, fluorescent lighting substances, certain varnishes, paints, and even food.

UNIDO is actively working on neutralization and safe disposal of PCBs in industry.

Only together we can protect the environment and preserve the purity of nature for future generations!

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In 2010, consumption of certain species of fish from some rivers was banned in Swiss due to significant excess of the maximum allowable level of PCBs.
It was reported that in 90% of sheep's liver in Germany PCB concentration is above the permissible level.
High concentrations of PCBs (due to the work of transformers processing plant) recently led to the fact that in one of the largest cities in Germany vegetables become unsuitable for food consumption.
The PCB are used in industry as a coolant, as an additive in paint, plastics and carbon paper, and as dielectric material in electrical transformers and capacitors.
Some Nigerians treat their skin with transformer oil containing PCBs to make it softer and gradually achieve the whitening effect.
Some people in Honduras use PCBs as a remedy against arthritis.
In Sri Lanka, some welders prefer working with oils based on PCBs, because they are cheaper than conventional oils used for cooling.
In some African countries, local cooking oils are the result of the so-called "transformer cannibalism" and sometimes contain pure PCBs compounds "askrel" and "pyralene".
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On December 13, 2019, the annual Steering Committee of the UNIDO / GEF project “Environmentally sound “Environmentally sound management and final disposal of PCBs at the Russian Railroad Network and other PCBs owners” (hereinafter UNIDO-RZD project) was held at the Center for Scientific and Technical Information of Russian Railways.
The decontamination unit for treatment of transformer oils from PCB “Melioform-PCB-5000”, supplied to the  Russian Railroads JSC under the UNIDO / GEF project “Environmentally Sound Management and Final Disposal of PCBs at the Russian Railroads network and other PCBs owners” was officially presented to the partners of the project. The event was held at the Manikhino power sub-station of the Istra district of Moscow region.
On October 15, experts from the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO) visited Moscow. The agenda included visit to the production site of the UNIDO / GEF / Russian Railroads JSC project “Environmentally Sound Management and Final Disposal of PCBs at Russian Railroads network and Other PCBs Owners”, as well as negotiations on joining the UNIDO and NEFCO efforts regarding implementation of the Stockholm Convention on POPs in the Russian Federation.